I was in Brisbane in early November for the opening of my third exhibition of Animus at Foto Frenzy Photography Centre in the city’s southeast. The exhibition came about through my association with Darren Jew, a partner at Foto Frenzy and the facilitator of many of my photographic adventures in the underwater world. Darren is a world-class photographer and his many achievements speak for themselves. I was really pleased to get the call, to take my work north and to tap into this city’s great pool of creative talent.
My good friend and fellow photographer Gary Cranitch collected me from the airport and delivered me to the gallery. Gary’s worked as a photographer for Queensland Museum for more than three decades and is the Principal Photographer for the museum’s new book, The Great Barrier Reef: A Queensland Museum Discovery Guide. I’ve been on several trips to the reef with Gary over recent years so I was keen to catch up and check out the book. I did, and it’s remarkable. Gary has a long association with Foto Frenzy. He exhibited earlier this year, showing photographs from the book.
At Foto Frenzy I met Gallery Curator Ian Poole, a wonderful man with impressive credentials. A long time judge for the Australian Professional Photography Awards, Ian’s renowned for his ability to deconstruct an image and demonstrate the makings of a great photograph. Meeting him really enhanced my time in Brisbane.
The facilities at Foto Frenzy were pretty incredible. Four of the smaller framed pieces from previous exhibitions travelled with me to Brisbane, including three handcrafted palladium prints, several others Darren printed for me on site using the centre’s high-end custom printing service. It all took less than 48 hours and the prints were flawless.
I decided to take full advantage of the access to one of the country’s finest printers/operators and get a print of one of my latest images on canvas. The result was never going to disappoint. Carefully packaged for the flight home it was stretched and on my wall by Sunday arvo.
If you’re in the Brisbane area, I highly recommend a visit to Foto Frenzy.